Sustainable Finance for Breakfast (9)
Held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Ben Caldecott (Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme)
Catherine Howarth (ShareAction)
As usual, Ben Caldecott – Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme and co-chair of the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment – has agreed to walk us through the key developments in the sustainable finance/ESG space, and to give us his own take on what we need to be looking out for. This month, his co-conspirator is a familiar face – Catherine Howarth, who has been chief executive of ShareAction since 2008, as well as a board member of the Scott Trust (owner of The Guardian) and a member of the Treasury’s Asset Management Taskforce.
As always, there’s a lot to discuss – not least:
- UNEP’s latest report, “Making Waves: Aligning the financial system with Sustainable Development”; and
- a new report from the EU’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on sustainable finance, calling inter alia for a uniform taxonomy and common standards.
In addition, UNEP has decided to establish the secretariat for its new network of financial centres for sustainability in Geneva, S&P has put out new (and genuinely impressive) numbers on the US decarbonisation efforts and the role of ‘green bonds’, and Wells Fargo and Bloomberg have announced a new JV to help advance the objectives of the Paris Agreement… And so on. There is an awful lot going on, and I am delighted that Ben and Catherine have agreed to hold our hands and walk us through the Green Maze.
If you (or a colleague) would like to join us – and, perhaps, to share your own thoughts – please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning the Centre on 0207 621 1056. As usual, thanks to the hospitality of Deloitte, there will be plenty of coffee, tea and buns.